First let me start by saying I’m extremely humbled to be a contributor to what I believe to be the best football blog out there. I’ve been reading this site for some time, so to be able to add to the discussion on this site is something I’m very excited about. I want to thank Brophy for allowing me to be a part of this great teaching tool for coaches and football enthusiasts alike.
you’re anything like me, one of the great moments in your lifetime had
to be last year when the NFL announced that it would be selling a
subscription service to view the ‘All-22’ film used by coaches. I, like
many other people, doubted this would ever happen, but I have never been
happier to be wrong.
like every other coach in America, you’re probably wondering just how
to get your hands on this film, and even more importantly, how to
download it to your computer and burn it to DVD and/or cut it up.
going to approach this from a couple of different angles, because I’m
sure there are plenty of you who are reading this who may not be working
with a high school or college program. Maybe you just enjoy watching
football and doing your own research and study of the game. In that
case, this post will be perfect for you, because I’m going to show you a
lot of low-cost and/or free resources that you can use to make every
cut up you could possibly imagine. Ideally, you should be able to make
all this happen for between $100-$150, assuming of course that you
already have a computer and a reliable internet connection.
the other side of the coin, if you happen to be in a program with
access to breakdown and editing software like Hudl, LRS, DV Sport or
even XOS, then you’ve got a lot of potential issues already taken care
of for you, and it will be a much easier task to get the film you want
and manipulate it however you want.
final note, some of the details mentioned here may seem elementary to
some of you, but my goal was to make this accessible to coaches who may
not be the most comfortable with computers. If I was unclear on
anything, or need to expound on something, please let me know in the
Part 1 - What You’ll Need
NFL Game Rewind Season Plus
unfortunately there’s no (Legal) way around getting access to this
subscription, unless you just happen to work at NFL Films. The NFL has
come down on it drastically, selling a subscription that will give you
access to all replays of TV copies of games for the past four seasons,
as well as the past two seasons worth of coaches film. As of the writing of this article,
the cost is down to $24.99 from its original price of $69.99. The
subscription lasts until July 31 of this year, but twenty five bucks for six
months of access to coaches film is a bargain if you ask me.
You can buy a subscription here.
completely free stream capture software is a program that use all the
time. It takes seconds to download and install and is extremely simple
to use. We’ll get into the details later, but make sure you have this
installed before you try to download anything. For those of you familiar
with programs like Replay Media Catcher, this works just as well, and best of all like I said, it’s completely free.
For those of you who like making YouTube videos (Like I do), this program is capable of capturing video from plenty of sites, such as ESPN3.com.
are a couple caveats to using this program. The first is that it
appears to have fallen out of development. In other words, everyone on
the internet is constantly updating their minimum requirements for
internet browsers, and the makers of Stream Transport don’t seem to have
put out an update in over a year. It uses Internet Explorer as its
browser, which is bad enough, but when you factor in that it’s a version
of Internet Explorer that was phased out over a year ago, it can be a
pain. There will be a day in the near future when this program is no
longer compatible with most modern websites, and once that happens,
people will just have to purchase the aforementioned Replay Media
other downside to this program, and stream capture software in general,
is that it works in real time. In other words, if you’re wanting to
download a game that’s 90 minutes long, it’s going to take 90 minutes to
capture and save it to your computer. I have yet to find a program that
doesn’t work in ‘real time’, but if anyone knows of one, please leave a
The program is available for download here.
Freemake Video Converter
you probably guessed by the name, Freemake Video Converter is another
free software program that I use almost daily. This program is great for
burning DVDs, and converting videos from one format to another.
Freemake has a list of all of their downloadable programs, including their video converter, here.RealPlayer
encodes all the coaches film in Flash Video format, which is identified
by the “.flv” file type. For those of you who download a lot of videos
off the internet, this is not news, but there are still plenty of
computers without the ability to play these type of videos. Depending on
what version of Windows Media Player you’re using, you may not be able
to open these files.
I recommend RealPlayer as your go-to video player. It downloads in seconds, it’s easy to install, and best of all it’s free.
(Read through the options carefully during the installation, or you may end up with some free programs you don’t want or need.)
The latest version can be downloaded here.
VideoPad Video Editor
been using this program for a couple years now, mostly for my own
personal projects, and I haven’t found one I like better in the same
price range. If you have a video editor that works for you and that
you’re comfortable with, then great. What’s important is ease of use and
the ability to cut up and convert quickly to whatever video format your
if your team happens to use Hudl or some other tool you feel
comfortable using to cut up and edit film, that will work just as well.
You can download the program here.
External Hard Drive
on how much you’re looking to download and what kind of storage you
have on your computer, you may want to look into buying an external hard
drive of some kind. Prices vary, but usually a decent 1 Terabyte (1024
GB) hard drive will run you about $100. If you’re serious about putting
together a good film library, then it's a very good investment.
Part 2 - The Process
Assuming you’ve already purchased the NFL Game Rewind package with access to the ‘All-22’ film, it’s time to get started.
you’ve never used Stream Transport before, it may seem confusing at
first, but we’ll be covering everything you need to know about the
program in this post, so no need to worry.
begin, open up the ‘Stream Transport’ program, and type in NFL.com into
the address bar. It’s important to note that Stream Transport uses
Microsoft Internet Explorer as its default browser, the only major fault
I can find in the program. (Hopefully the developers switch to
something like Firefox or Chrome if they ever decide to put out an
Log in to NFL.com with your account, and find the Game Rewind tab, and click ‘Launch’.
you’ve hit the ‘Launch’ button, a screen like the one below should pop
up, with the previous week’s games listed. You also have the option to
scroll through the past four seasons with the year and week boxes above
the ‘Watch’ button. Keep in mind however, that coaches film is only
available for the 2012 and 2011 seasons.
Since I’m writing this in the middle of February, the last game played was the Super Bowl, so let’s click on the ‘Watch’ button.
soon as the game loads up, an edited version of the TV broadcast will
start playing, and you’ll begin to notice some stuff start popping up in
the bottom box. You should pay attention to the columns labeled
‘Duration’, ‘Video Width’ and ‘Video Height’. As you can see, the
duration for all these files that have popped up is zero.
the NFL has done is sliced up the TV copies of the games into tiny, one
second-long clips that would drive Russell Crowe in ‘A Beautiful Mind’ crazy
if he tried to sit there and piece them all back together. Luckily, the
NFL has decided not to do the same thing with its coaching film,
otherwise I’d be sitting on the floor of my office in the fetal position
after piecing together a Peyton Manning offensive drive from this past
order to get to the good stuff, move your cursor over the video itself,
and there should be three different buttons that pop up, including one
that says ‘Coaches Film’. Click on it.
this point, you should see a scoreboard come on screen, followed by a
wide angle shot of a kickoff. NFL.com stores all their coaches film in a
‘Full Game’ format, that means no ‘ODK’ for you college guys. If you
want that you’ll have to cut it up yourself. Congratulations, you’ve
made it to the promised land, this is what you’ve all been waiting for.
should also notice in the bottom box that another file has popped up,
this time with an actual duration and video height and width. This is
the file you want to download. Most downloads average a little over an
hour long, but the good news is that they are stored in the compact .flv
(Flash Video) format, meaning that 1 hour = approximately 1 GB of
you’re like me, and want to download as much as possible, you’ll have
to get an external hard drive (see my earlier comments on external hard
Once you’ve highlighted the file, check the box labeled ‘Change Folder’, then click ‘Download’
You’ll then have the option to pick where you want to save the videos. I’ve chosen to save them in the “My Videos” folder.
have your pick of where exactly you want to save it. You can even
create a new folder if you want by clicking the “Make New Folder”
you hit the ‘OK’ button, you should see a download box pop up that
looks like the one below. It’ll give you a progress report, and you can
download up to four videos simultaneously. Once again, you’ll have to
download everything in real time, so just minimize the program for about
an hour and do something else while it finishes.
Once the download has finished, you can hit the ‘Play’ button to watch the video.
A FEW ASSORTED FINAL THOUGHTS
best results when burning a DVD, you’ll want to use Freemake Video Converter to convert
the .flv files to .mp4 format, since it is the format that most easily
converts over to DVD.
of you may have the ability to burn directly from whatever film editing
program you use, and as long as you can successfully import it into
your program, you shouldn’t have much trouble burning it to a DVD.
One thing I must caution you to absolutely NOT do is to post this video on YouTube or any other video site for public consumption. The NFL is one of the most trigger-happy organizations around, and they are constantly patrolling the internet for copyrighted material that has been posted without their permission.
hope this post has been helpful to you. Please pass it along to your
friends in the coaching profession who are interested in getting access
to the film. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, or feel free to shoot me an email.
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